UKHRUL| Sep 6: A team from All Tribal Students Union Manipur (ATSUM) today made a visit to Pettigrew College, the lone Government College in Ukhrul district, along with a visit to Ukhrul Higher Secondary School.

The team led by education secretary of ATSUM, Kakai Singsit along with members Lovejoy Shimrah, AS Akhai, T Jajo and R. Mathew  had a close interaction with the principals, teaching staff and students of the institutions.

Kakai Singsit informed that acute shortage of teaching staffs is one of the problems afflicting the educational institutions of Ukhrul District. “On August 22, we have come across that authority concerned had issued orders for utilisation of 3 assistant professors at Pettigrew College, Ukhrul in public interest,” he said while also mentioning that during their visit today at the college,  the said 3 assistant professors have not yet reported for service. “The authority concerned should implement the orders and not compromise,” he continued adding an appeal to the authority concerned to send those teachers immediately.

Kakai Singsit also informed the students of Pettigrew College that the ATSUM had met CM of Manipur at his secretariat in the month of August and had raised the issue of Pettigrew College. “During the meeting, the CM has assured us for providing two buses for Pettigrew College; and the assurance will materialise soon,” he said.

The education secretary further stated that Pettigrew College, the second oldest college in Manipur which was established in 1965 and taken over by the State government in 1972,  does not have proper quarters fit for the staff to stay while adding that the college is also running without a librarian.

In regard to the visit made to Ukhrul Higher Secondary School, R. Mathew asserted that the report of the Education minister that “it has improved” during his visit to Ukhrul on 6 August is wrong stating that the school has no hall and drinking water facilities. “Computers are there but they are out-dated and lying unused in the room,” he continued while also mentioning the lack of other facilities including furniture, proper toilets and books in the library

While stating that there are 500 students but no beds at the school, R. Mathew also said, “The school is also facing shortage of teachers as only 53 teachers are stationed out of the total of 93 sanctioned, and there is no Hindi teacher for the primary level too.”

~IFP

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